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Fun Family Events to Enjoy This Summer

Blue skies, warm sun and a gentle breeze can mean only one thing; it’s summertime on the coast. 

The long summer days offer up a whole range of fun activities and days out for families, from gigglesome family theatre and intriguing trails, to adventurous outdoor experiences for curious kids; you’ll be sure to find something for all members of your family to enjoy. 

1. Felixstowe Carnival Weekend - 22 - 24 July

TTDE - Felixstowe Carnival - Fireworks

Felixstowe Carnival is back. Come and join the fun and festivities including Carnival Proms Night, Grand Procession, live music and a Fireworks Spectacular!

Kicking off the celebrations on Friday 22 will be the Carnival Proms Night featuring Swing Machine, followed by the Grand Procession on Saturday 23 July; with the theme of Heroes & Villains. On both Saturday and Sunday there will also be a funfair, live music, stalls, demonstrations, food stalls and family entertainment including Brickologists Lego building, Kinetic Science, messy play, scavenger hunt, a 6 ft children's trampoline, magic shows and the odd dinosaur or two roaming around too! 

The weekend comes to a finish with the spectacular fireworks display on Sunday 24 at 10pm.

Find out more at https://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on/felixstowe-carnival/

2. Watch a show at Thorington Theatre 

TTDA - Thorington Theatre - view through woods

Experiencing an outdoor production can be a great way to introduce little ones to live theatre; these loud, bold interactive shows are a world away from hushed auditoriums and allocated seats. The stunning Thorington Theatre can be found deep in the Suffolk countryside, near Southwold and offers an amphitheatre experience with added eco-friendly credentials.

There’s a smorgasbord of family theatre on offer this Summer with a magical adaptation of James & the Giant Peach, family comedy with Awful Auntie, adventure with Peter Pan, The Princess & the Dragon, The Jungle Book, and The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and the family classic The Railway Children, all playing come rain or shine in this atmospheric setting. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and head down to the woods for a wonderful surprise. 

Find out more at https://www.thoringtontheatre.co.uk/

3. The Big Hoot - 19 June - 3 September 

TTDA - St Elizabeth Hospice - Owls

Head to Ipswich and follow the family-friendly trail of 50 magnificent Big Hoots and 65 Little Hoots - a fun activity for all to enjoy whilst exploring the town.

Running from 19 June to 3 September, printed maps are available from numerous shops in the town, or you can download the app or check out the digital map at https://thebighoot.co.uk/

Each of the Big Hoots is sponsored by a local business and individually decorated by an artist. At the end of the trail the Big Hoots will be auctioned to raise valuable, much needed funds for St Elizabeth Hospice services providing care and support to those living with life-limiting or progressive illness.

4. Excelsior Trust Smack Race & Vessels Festival - 30 & 31 July 

TTDA - Excelsior Trust - Historic ship Excelsior at sea

Come and see a rare spectacle, scores of historic fishing boats, smacks and shrimpers gathering and racing off the coast of Lowestoft! Celebrating the 100th anniversary of nationally registered heritage smack LT472, The Excelsior.

Watch the boats with their magnificent sails parade in and out of the harbour from the fantastic viewing platform of Lowestoft's South Pier. Visit the Vessels Festival just steps away and watch maritime themed demonstrations, visit the heritage fishing boats and enjoy a wide variety of food, fun and song.

Between the races, you can enjoy Lowestoft's South Beach and promenade and have a grand day out at an old-fashioned traditional British seaside. And it's free!

Find out more at https://www.theexcelsiortrust.co.uk/events

5. Mini Ranger Walks at National Trust Dunwich Heath - 31 July & 4 September

TTDA - Dunwich Heath - Ranger with child

Bring your mini nature lovers along for a walk with the Ranger exploring the variety of birds, bugs and animals on Dunwich Heath!

Dunwich Heath is full of fascinating wildlife, this hour long walk, led by one of the reserve's knowledgeable Rangers, will allow young rangers to find out more about the special coastal landscape and the creatures that call it home, including all sorts of birds, bugs and animals! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/d8cdfb7b-06cf-44ef-aef3-130bbc5988cd/pages/details

6. FolkEast - 19 - 21 August

TTDA - FolkEast - Mum and daughter

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in the grounds of Glemham Hall, FolkEast is back in full swing with a festival full of family fun!

Take in the live music and vibrant atmosphere and enjoy activities for youngsters, including workshops, arts and crafts and interactive activities. There’s hassle free camping if you want to stay and enjoy the whole weekend, or spend a day at the Festival followed by a day exploring the stunning Suffolk countryside with a day pass.

Find out more at https://folkeast.co.uk/

7. Thegns of Mercia Anglo Saxon Re-Enactment - 27 - 29 August 

TTDA - Sutton Hoo - Reenactment actors

Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life and join Thegns of Mercia at Sutton Hoo for a weekend full of living history.

Travel back to the time when the treasures of Sutton Hoo and the Staffordshire Hoard were made. Discover how some of the objects would have been constructed through talks, live demonstrations and displays of reproduction treasures.

There will also be craft demonstrations including plant-dyeing, mail-making, weaving, and cooking and you can join the actors for performances of song and verse, along with early medieval board games.

Find out more at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/a5d75240-d724-4813-b560-14c6b4889aa1/pages/details




Events

Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment

Thegns of Mercia: Anglo-Saxon re-enactment

Woodbridge | Sat 27th - Mon 29th Aug 2022

Step back over 1000 years in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Anglo-Saxon life and join Thegns of Mercia at Sutton Hoo for a weekend full of living history.

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Mini-Ranger walk

Mini-Ranger walk

Dunwich | Sun 04th Sep 2022

Bring your little ones along for a walk with the Ranger exploring the variety of birds, bugs and animals on Dunwich Heath!

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Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Safari

Orford |

Join Countryside Manager to learn about some of the unexpected wildlife that calls Orford Ness home.

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The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022

Ipswich | Sun 19th Jun - Sat 03rd Sep 2022

A spectacular free public art event for all the family! 50 magnificent Big Hoots plus 65 Little Hoots placed around Ipswich for you to visit.

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James and the Giant Peach at Thorington Theatre

James and the Giant Peach at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Sun 17th Jul 2022

Join us on 17th July 2022 for James and the Giant Peach at Thorington Theatre. Bring a picnic with you to the woods for this wonderful outdoor performance in Suffolk most magical open air woodland theatre.

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The Tidy Fox and Tales From The Great Wood at Thorington Theatre

The Tidy Fox and Tales From The Great Wood at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Sun 24th Jul 2022

Join us on 24th July 2022 for The Tidy Fox and Tales From The Great Wood at Thorington Theatre. Bring a picnic to the woods to enjoy during this double bill of heart-warming family fun.

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Awful Auntie - live on stage! at Thorington Theatre

Awful Auntie - live on stage! at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Tue 26th Jul 2022

Join us on 26th July 2022 for Awful Auntie - live on stage! at Thorington Theatre. Bring a picnic to the woods to enjoy during this heart-warming family play for all.

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Open Air Fun Family Theatre - Much Ado About Nothing

Open Air Fun Family Theatre - Much Ado About Nothing

Aldeburgh | Tue 26th Jul 2022

A riot of Shakespearean hilarity from start to finish with a cartoony cast and easy to understand language. There is much doubling (tripling/quadrupling).

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Lightyear (PG) at The Marina Theatre

Lightyear (PG) at The Marina Theatre

Lowestoft | Wed 27th - Thu 28th Jul 2022

On screen at The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

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Wheelchair Accessible

Excelsior Trust Smack Race and Vessels Festival

Excelsior Trust Smack Race and Vessels Festival

Lowestoft | Sat 30th - Sun 31st Jul 2022

Come and see a rare spectacle, scores of historic fishing boats, smacks and shrimpers gathering and racing off the coast of Lowestoft! Celebrating the 100th anniversary of nationally registered heritage smack LT472, The Excelsior.

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Through The Looking Glass

Through The Looking Glass

Aldeburgh | Tue 09th Aug 2022

As whacky as ever and fun for all the family, with familiar characters and exciting puppets, A fun, strangely fascinating and whimsical take on the popular story.

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The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

Ipswich | Fri 12th Aug 2022

From the book by A. A. Milne. Can a young boy come up with a plan to save his dragon friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him?

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Robin Hood at Thorington Theatre

Robin Hood at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Sun 14th - Mon 15th Aug 2022

Join us on 14th and 15th August 2022 for Robin Hood at Thorington Theatre. This musical pantomime play will delight audiences of all ages. Pack a picnic for a fun-filled afternoon, and enjoy this excellent family entertainment with a pint of cold cider or a local ice cream in hand from the theatre bar!

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Charlie Locke

Charlie Locke

Aldeburgh | Tue 16th Aug 2022

“Hello! I’m Brain” – Yes, Charlie’s Brain... Charlie Locke is a kind, funny and imaginative child who's ready to share his thoughts with the world.

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Peter Pan at Thorington Theatre

Peter Pan at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Fri 19th Aug 2022

Join us on 19th August 2022 for Peter Pan at Thorington Theatre. Praised “Top notch outdoor theatre!” by The Telegraph.

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FolkEast 2022

FolkEast 2022

Saxmundham | Fri 19th - Sun 21st Aug 2022

Relaxed, friendly and innovative and with it's feet firmly rooted in Suffolk,  FolkEast has secured its place on the national folk festival calendar as "one of the folk scene’s most highly rated destinations" - i newspaper

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The Princess and the Dragon at Thorington Theatre

The Princess and the Dragon at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Sun 21st Aug 2022

Join us on 21st August 2022 for The Princess and the Dragon at Thorington Theatre. This brand new, modern fairytale navigates freedom, friendship and boundaries in a world where finding yourself can be the happiest ‘ending' of all. Matinee & evening show.

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Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

Southwold | Sun 21st Aug 2022

Join Mole, Ratty and Badger in a floor stomping, live music, hilarious recount of this woodland adventure as they save Toad and his shiny new motorcar from deep trouble.

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The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Aldeburgh | Tue 23rd Aug 2022

Charming children’s novel still inspires all ages and with folk music throughout, everyone will have their hearts warmed with this captivating adaptation.

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The Jungle Book at Thorington Theatre

The Jungle Book at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Tue 23rd Aug 2022

Join us on 23rd August 2022 for The Jungle Book at Thorington Theatre. Bring a picnic, or enjoy an ice cream from the Theatre Bar.

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The Railway Children at Thorington Theatre

The Railway Children at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Wed 24th Aug 2022

Join us on 24th August 2022 for The Railway Children at Thorington Theatre. Whilst written more than a century ago, this creative adaptation of E. Nesbit’s charming children’s novel inspires audiences of all ages; with captivating folk music woven throughout, this wonderful production is sure to delight the senses and warm all hearts.

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Open Air Fun Family Theatre - Through The Looking Glass - All Ages

Open Air Fun Family Theatre - Through The Looking Glass - All Ages

Southwold | Wed 24th Aug 2022

As whacky as ever and fun for all the family, with familiar characters and exciting puppets, A fun, strangely fascinating and whimsical take on the popular story.

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Alice in Wonderland at Thorington Theatre

Alice in Wonderland at Thorington Theatre

Southwold | Sun 28th Aug 2022, Mon 29th Aug 2022

Join us on the 28th and 29th August 2022 for Alice in Wonderland at Thorington Theatre. Featuring breath-taking puppetry designs by Matthew Forbes (Associate Puppetry Director of the National Theatre’s award-winning production WAR HORSE), and appearances from the story’s exquisitely drawn characters including the fearsome Queen of Hearts, this promises to be a captivating production for young and old alike.

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The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

Aldeburgh | Tue 30th Aug 2022

From the book by A. A. Milne. Can a young boy come up with a plan to save his dragon friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him….?

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Open Air Fun Family Theatre - The Reluctant Dragon - All Ages

Open Air Fun Family Theatre - The Reluctant Dragon - All Ages

Southwold | Wed 31st Aug 2022

From the book by A. A. Milne. Can a young boy come up with a plan to save his dragon friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him….?

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